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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Lightweight Bass

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Rock Of Gibraltar

Thou Shalt Gas !
Mar 7th, 2017 01:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for suggestions guys lots of ideas to research and take on board !

My main problem is take we dont have any music stores here in Gibraltar.. and even those in Spain an hour or so away are unlikely to carry a good selection to try so sort of limited to mail order.



Mar 7th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry, posted in wrong area-removed

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 10:48 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

Contributing Member

Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Mar 7th, 2017 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Look on Ebay for the MIJ Fender P-Bass Lyte.
It's full scale but a trimmed down body and an ACTIVE P-J setup. I could play it 3 hours straight and get all the tones I needed. (Prices are a bit all over the place. Some completed listings went for $695, others as low as $399, so you may have to be the first bidder!)

I had a Squier Jaguar short scale bass for a bit when I was driving from work directly to band practice... in case it got stolen out of my car, I was out like $195....but it felt like a toy compared to my other Fender basses.

Rick Knight
Contributing Member

St Peters, MO USA

Standing in the back, by the drummer.
Mar 7th, 2017 08:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Have you considered Warmoth? Buying new isn't the cheapest option, but you can search their pre-made Showcase bodies by weight and build what you want. I'm currently using 2 of their short scale bodies with medium scale (32") necks. The bodies weigh just over 4 lbs by themselves and just over 8 lbs assembled, which is about half a pound more than my P Lyte. I've seen lighter Warmoth bodies, but mine were the right shape at an acceptable weight when I was looking. Finding a used body may be possible too.



Mar 7th, 2017 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

mroulier, check this out.

I live 7.5 miles from this guitar center and could check it out for you is you wish

MIJ PBass Lyte

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 10:42 AM, Mar 7th, 2017)


New York City

Mar 7th, 2017 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I never found the dreaded "neck dive" to be a serious problem anyway. Lighter weight basses may tend to balance more towards the neck. I just use a wide woven strap and it holds the bass in place pretty well.

"...so sort of limited to mail order."

I can sympathize. I'm a lefty. Even the big name shops rarely have more than 1 lefty bass on display. It's usually not a model I'm interested in. I'm almost always stuck special ordering without getting a chance to play the bass in advance. I guess I've had pretty good luck in that regard. Never had to return one.



Mar 7th, 2017 03:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use a wide padded strap for comfort also. An addition I do not play my bass totally perpendicular (horizontal) to my body. I prefer playing with the neck up about 25 degrees so I never experience neck dive.

Contributing Member

Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Mar 8th, 2017 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Actually Bubbalou... I'm not in the market for a new bass right now. My suggestion was for 69tele!

Besides, I'd want my blue Fotoflame back, which I sold when I bought my Tele Plus.

J. Gary

USA/ Detroit, MI.

Mar 8th, 2017 08:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hofner? babies are as light as they come.

J. Gary

USA/ Detroit, MI.

Mar 8th, 2017 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Apologies, double hit ;-)

(This message was last edited by J. Gary at 10:19 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Mar 11th, 2017 03:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I developed pain between my shoulder and neck that no type of strap could minimize. I thought it would end my gigging.

In high school I pulled a muscle that left me unable to tolerate a strap for about a year. Fender had a "waist strap" that attached to the back of the guitar. It kept me gigging.

I looked around to see if I could find a modern equivalent. I did with the Slinger Hip Strap. I've used one for over 3 years now. I mount it with Dunlop flushmounts and fit the lower horn strap mount differently...under the horn at a balance point I like, instead of the end of the horn.

This thing has been a godsend. My main bass was 13 lbs. I had chambered the body and got it down to about 10. Now it just doesn't matter. The weight is on my hips, not my shoulder. No stress on my back, or shoulders.

I recently set up three guitars as I've done most of my basses.

I'll use these until I can't stand to play anymore.

Contributing Member

North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Mar 16th, 2017 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a friend that has a very heavy J. He uses a strap that splits to ride over both shoulders.

I'll have to ask him who makes it.



Bass is the place . . .
Mar 17th, 2017 12:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Boy, if I needed a super lightweight bass, I'd pick up a long scale Danelectro, and be happy a long time.

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Jun 14th, 2017 10:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I built a "parts Bass" using a body I got from Guitar Mill. The body is made of pawlonia wood. It's cousin to balsa. It is a P-Bass copy. The total weight of the bass (ready to play) is 7 lbs.

tom house


Jul 1st, 2017 09:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very late to the thread, but I grabbed a Squier VM '77 Jazz (black/maple/white blocks) a couple years ago just to have on hand giving lessons ... it showed up weighing just 7 lbs .. I ended up rupturing a disc in my back and found myself using that bass all last summer season ... it worked so well I did a little work on it and now is my primary bass, used with a 4" suede strap is a delight on the back ... I have seen a few others of these that also felt very light, it seems the older ones are the lightest ... the natural/maple bodied ones(70's?) are notoriously heavy ...



He's dead, Jim!
Sep 22nd, 2017 09:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote for the Fender Precision Lyte

Steve Dallman
Contributing Member

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Sep 23rd, 2017 05:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Due to advancing arthritis in my left hand, I just bought a 5 string Ibanez Mikro bass.

Surprisingly good bass with a great neck, and it's light. Light enough that I will use it with a conventional strap. My Slinger Hip Strap won't balance it right, due to the deep cutaway.

Contributing Member


Sep 23rd, 2017 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been reading about Hofner style "Beatle" basses recently. Very light.

Worth investigating if you get the chance.

Danny Nader


You should have been there!
Oct 1st, 2017 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

"... the natural/maple bodied ones(70's?) are notoriously heavy …
Not maple, just some seriously heavy ash.


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